Trump Says What “You Can’t Say”

Received wisdom is what “everybody knows” is true without anyone having to think about it. Received wisdom has a lot of defense mechanisms: for example, trading in unexamined assumptions, avoiding contrary evidence, dismissing the need of evidence at all, or demonizing those who question it. Question-begging slogans are another. Mantras like “nothing to do with Islam” or “war on women” substitute for evidence and analysis. Another is “you can’t say that,” used to dismiss or marginalize comments or proposed policies by assuming disastrous consequences, or implying that saying such things is morally repugnant and, to quote Obama’s favorite obfuscation, “doesn’t represent who we are as a country.” In fact, “you can’t say that” is usually an ideological weapon, or an excuse for inaction.

  • I’m betting on Trump.

    Swing voters decide the presidential election. There are lots of swing voters fed up with the progresive left.

    • Minicapt

      And thus they’ll line up to vote for a ‘progressive leftist’?


    • warrenzoell

      A recent WSJ poll shows that in a head to head matchup Ted Cruz beats Donald trump by over 8 points.

    • Sure they are.

      “…and Romney will win in an EPIC landslide.”

  • Brett_McS

    I missed the Trump-Cruz dust-up. Trump is obviously a smart fellow, but Cruz is another league all together.

  • mauser 98

    …fun with numbers
    Jeb was polling less than Rand Paul who dropped out because he would be sent to the kiddie table debate
    then a Reuters poll comes out and says Bush surge to 9%

    • Blacksmith

      That would imply that people voting for Rand Paul were now willing to vote for Bush, I find that hard to believe. I guess more proof you can’t trust polls.

      • mauser 98

        Pappy Bush told Reuters to cook a poll

        • Blacksmith

          Definitively in the plausible category leaning towards confirmed.

          • mauser 98

            Bush Sr. and Hinckley Sr. were close friends

    • BillyHW

      I wonder how much he paid for that surge.

      • mauser 98

        or an offer they could not refuse

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The polls have proven to be unreliable for various reasons. I feel that a truer gauge is who shows up at rallies. The large crowds Trump has drawn (and Bernie Sanders as well) show disgust at political establishments who believe as an article of faith that money determines elections. None of the media pundits think Trump’s truth telling is an impediment to his establishment rivals or that Sanders’s clean ethics give him a chance against the proven-to-be corrupt Democratic front runner.

    • barryjr

      I think that the problem is the media pundits whole existence is based on the lie they have promoted all these years. The truth is coming out because of bloggers that are not indebted to their ideals and the propaganda put out by the big political machine. If Trump or Sanders were to win and finish exposing the media and the political machines on both sides as the out of touch with reality liars they are that would be the end of their hold on power and their self importance. When Obama was first elected president I wondered how long before some inbred Klucker took a shot at him because “I ain’t having no uppity ni99er for president”. Well can you imagine the vitriol, character assassinations, lies, calls for impeachment etc coming from the “media” and big politics both of which are nothing more than inbred intellectual Kluckers. It’s not only the US that has this problem look at our recent election and the media constantly campaigning for that stupid asshole Trudeau and his gang of frauds called the Liberal party. The same is true of Europe just look at the cover up of Islamic invaders attacks on citizens. If there is any honesty left in the world it will be a Trump/Sanders race but you can bet on the lying class to do all they can to subvert the will of the people.